Outbuildings have been referred to as 'Sheds with beds' or 'Slough sheds'. They are usually built in the rear gardens of residential properties and may be rented to tenants for sleeping purposes. Many are built in the gardens of "Houses in Multiple Occupation" (HMO). More details on HMO can be found on the multiple occupancy homes page.
They rarely benefit from planning permission or Building Regulations. And those that do, only have permission for a usage other than sleeping purposes.
Outbuildings adapted for human habitation tend:
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) is a risk assessment tool used to assess potential risks to the health and safety of occupants in residential properties in England and Wales. The legislation came into effect in England on 6 April 2006.
The Department for Communities and Local Government website has a document called:
This is aimed at non-specialists, such as private landlords, to help them understand the requirements under the Housing Act 2004 in relation to the HHSRS. It helps to identify the type of work needed on their properties to conform with the HHSRS.
The Planning Portal website gives a planning guide and a visual walk-through of the limits and conditions applied to outbuildings. Remember ALL the limits and conditions must be met for a development to be permitted.
The planning team help us control how we use land, what we build and where we build it. The council is responsible for making decisions on planning applications for development in Slough.
We work with the building regulations which lay down the minimum standards of construction. We make sure buildings are designed to safeguard the:
The Housing Standards Team carry out inspections throughout Slough. It is vital to make sure:
If you think an outbuilding has been adapted for people to live in, then you can do one of the following: